Waffles and Cornflake Chicken Nuggets


Chicken and waffles, a southern specialty, made gluten-free with Erewhon cereals, and a special curry twist! The Corn Flakes Cereal gives the chicken nuggets a super crunch. The curry flavor in the waffle is subtle, but just the right complement to the chili spiked maple syrup.

(I wrote this recipe for an Erewhon recipe contest. I have no specific agenda with the brand.)

Curry Waffles and Cornflake Chicken Nuggets Recipe

1/4 cup rice flour
1 egg
1 1/2 cups Corn Flakes Cereal, crumbled
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
Salt and pepper
Cooking spray

1/3 cup maple syrup
2 dried chipotle peppers (dried jalapeno pepper), split open- (typically my recipes are nightshade-free, you can of course just use maple syrup)

1 cup brown rice flour (or white rice flour)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon coriander
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
2 eggs
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup hemp milk (unsweetened)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 cup Crispy Brown Rice- Gluten Free Cereal

Garnish (optional)Cilantro


Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. Set out a bowl with 1/4 cup rice flour. Then a bowl with one egg beaten, and another bowl with the crumbled corn flakes. Finally set out a large baking dish and spray the bottom with cooking spray. Cut the chicken into nuggets. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Dip each nugget in the flour, egg, corn flakes, and then set in the baking dish. Repeat until all of the nuggets are coated. Spray the top side of the nuggets and bake in the oven until cooked through. (About 12 minutes.)

In a small sauce pan, combine 1/3 cup maple syrup and dried chiles (including seeds). Heat on low to infuse the maple syrup with flavor but not hot enough to reduce the syrup. When it reaches the spicy level that you like, strain the syrup and serve.

For the waffles, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices together in a large mixing bowl. In a small mixing bowl combine the egg, oil, milk, and maple syrup. Whisk together then pour into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir then add the crispy rice cereal. Cook in a standard waffle iron according to the manufacture’s instructions. This recipe will make 4 standard sized waffles (as long as you don’t over fill the waffle maker).

Serve the hot waffles topped with chicken nuggets and maple syrup. Garnish with cilantro if desired.


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Rice and Bean Burritos


I love burritos. I know I have claimed several foods as my “favorite” but I really must tell you, burritos are so high on my list. It can be difficult to enjoy them without nightshades, i.e. salsa, but I still manage. This “suggestion” satisfies my burrito cravings, and I hope you enjoy it too!

I am referring to this as a “suggestion” rather than a recipe, because there is no need to be precise here.


And by the way, I have a pet donkey named Burrito. Just a coincidence really, as he came with the name. He is super cute don’t you think?

Rice and Bean Burrito Suggestion

Crepes (There is a great recipe for gluten-free crepes in my cookbook- I just replaced the rice milk with hemp milk for the burrito.)

Basmati Rice, cooked

Sauteed onions and garlic with black beans and corn – salted

mango, chopped
cucumber, chopped
red onion, minced
lime, juiced


So, basically just create each element, then put them all together wrapped up like a burrito. Enjoy!

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Nightshade-Free Chili


I love bean chili. I had a version of this that I made with salsa which I made several times a month before giving up nightshades. This is is not only a great substitute for that chili but also well-loved by my daughter. I know this ingredient list is long, I apologize for that, but the flavor really needs to be developed, and thus the long list.

Nightshade-Free Chili Recipe

1 (15-ounce) can black beans- including liquid
1 (15-ounce) can chili beans (I use Westbrae’s mix of three beans)- including liquid
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup corn (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 shallot, chopped
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dillweed
1-2 teaspoons whole grain prepared mustard (not Dijon- use to your tastes)
1/4 teaspoon tamarind concentrate (adds a nice tang but optional because let’s face it- you probably don’t have any)
1 cup petite green peas (frozen- thawed)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Salt to taste

Serve with:
Basmati rice


In a large sauce pan combine all of the ingredients except the peas and vinegar. Bring to a simmer then add the remaining ingredients, salt to taste and enjoy!


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Pistachio Pesto Pasta and Scary Monster Bento


Maybe I went too far. I didn’t realize how scary this was going to look! A few years ago my oldest daughter forbid me from making scary bento, so I haven’t until now; but I just felt so inspired! I put the vegetables on the bottom, pasta on top, cut the mouth out of a cucumber and put a strawberry behind it. The eyes are raw mushroom, cucumber, and strawberry.

Pistachio Pesto Pasta Recipe

1/4 cup salted pistachios
1 cup packed cilantro leaves
3-4 tablespoons olive oil

Pasta and Vegetables
8-10 ounces gluten-free pasta
1-2 tablespoons oil
mushrooms (2 cups chopped)
2 cloves garlic
bunch of asparagus (2 cups chopped)


For the pesto, combine the pistachios and cilantro leaves (and garlic if using) in a small food processor and pulse until it is a chunky paste. Pulse in the olive oil and set aside.

Cook the pasta. (Remember to salt the water and if using rice pasta it tastes best if rinsed after cooking.)

Saute the vegetables in a bit of olive oil, then toss with the cooked pasta and pesto.

Enjoy hot or cold.

* If you make the pesto for another recipe, you might want to add 1-2 cloves garlic- I did not do that here because the garlic in in with the vegetables.

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Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Enjoy this excerpt from my book, Culinary Creativity: Let your restrictions set you free. Thank you!


Traditional shepherd’s pie is lamb and potatoes. This recipe has veggie burgers and mashed roots instead, and I love it. I got the idea of using veggie burgers from a vegan cookbook. We eat soy-free, so we use Sunshine Burgers (original flavor), but you could use any veggie burger you like.


Vegan Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped (2 cups)
2 carrots, chopped
2 cups mushrooms, chopped
2 tablespoons Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos
3/4 cup vegetable stock
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
Dash freshly ground black pepper
3 veggie burgers, crumbled
1/2 cup green peas, (frozen or thawed)
1 batch Mashed Roots (page 106 in Culinary Creativity: Let your restrictions set you free or use mashed potatoes)


Preheat the oven to 375oF. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and carrot, cover, and cook for about 10 minutes (stirring occasionally) until the carrots are al dente. Add the mushrooms and cook for a few minutes; then stir in the aminos, stock, herbs, and pepper.

Prepare a 9×9-inch baking dish with oil. Add the crumbled burgers and peas. Then pour the sautéed mixture evenly over the top. Spread the mashed roots on top.

Bake for 30–35 minutes until the dish is hot, bubbling, and golden brown. Move to the top shelf if the top isn’t golden after 25 minutes. Serve warm.


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Fresh Herb Rice Croquettes

mini burger

Is this a croquette or a vegan burger? Either way, these are very delicious. We served them with mustard on roasted mushroom “buns”. They would go very nicely alone side  a vegetable dish or a meat.

School is out for summer, so rather than save the mini burger for the next day’s lunch (which is what I usually do), I gave my daughter a special “fancy” dinner. She is always begging to eat off of the white plates (I have these for  photography- we have other everyday plates).

In the cute version, everything is miniature; the oranges are actually sliced kumquats and the mushroom “buns” are Shiitake mushrooms. Plus a little decorative pick.

Rice Croquette

Fresh Herb Rice Croquettes Recipe

1 cup uncooked Lundberg rice blend
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for cooking
1 cup shredded carrots (about 3 carrots)
1/2 onion finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons minced fresh herbs (I used chives, mint, cilantro, parsley, and a touch of thyme)
1/2 cup ground cornflakes cereal


Cook the rice.

Place the ground cornflakes in a shallow bowl and set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pan and saute the onions, carrots, and garlic until the onions are soft and translucent. Toss with the salt.

Combine the rice and sauteed vegetables in a food processor. Pulse a few times to bring the ingredients together. Remove 1/2 of the mixture to a mixing bowl and pulse the remaining half until it is sticky but still granular. Transfer the remaining mixture to the mixing bowl and stir in the herbs. Form small patties and coat them in ground cornflakes.

Heat a bit of cooking oil in a pan (well seasoned caste iron or non-stick will work best) on medium-low heat. Cook the patties on each side until they are golden and crisp.

Serve hot.

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